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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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April brings with it Public Schools Month, and I’d like to remind everyone that it extends beyond our Stated Meeting event. I urge all of our Masonic family to do something to help someone in our public school system. Whether it’s a teach, student, or a staff member; these are the people that are shaping the future.
I’d also like to congratulate Brother Linares on yet another successful Masonic Education Night. This month’s was interactive and shows just how dedicated Brother Linares is to promoting Masonic Education. Next month will be for Masons only again, and we’ll be continuing our alternating schedule.
Being an accountant, I want to remind everyone that Tax Day is approaching and to make sure that your taxes are filed and if you don’t have all your documents in yet, get what you have to your accountant and have him file an extension with as much information as possible to avoid any unnecessary penalties. The last thing any of us want to do is pay the IRS more than they already get. And if you know an accountant, give them a hug, this time of year can take a toll on us.
A special announcement comes in this month’s article. I’m sneaking it in here to see how many of you are actually reading through them all. I must announce an extremely happy event. On March 23, 2018 our Senior Warden, and my older brother, Andre Aladadyan proposed to his girlfriend, and I am please to say that he no longer has a girlfriend, but a fiancé! Andre, congratulations, I wish you nothing but the best as always, and I love you big brother!
As always, I want to thank our regular attendees, you truly help make it a special night for our candidates. To those that haven’t made it to Lodge in a while, the door is almost always open.
It seems more and more each day we hear, in the news and social media, of another act of intolerance leading to death of so many. It makes me feel a little less hopeful seeing and hearing of these acts because it reminds me of the horrors of the last century. Is history only destined to repeat itself?
One of the biggest influences this world can have is Masonry, because with Masonry we learn to not simply “tolerate” … we learn to accept and unify. You cannot build a strong peaceful world with only tolerance, because to tolerate is for there to be just enough. The problem with just enough is that is can quickly become not enough; so then we’re back where we were.
We must treat tolerance like the mortar that fills between each heavy block. And each block should be the morals and virtues we hold dear as Masons guiding us. However, these morals and virtues are not exclusive to just Masons, they are universal to every religion and race and culture. The responsibility of spreading them sometimes falls upon Masons.
Is Masonry going to stop radicalism or intolerance alone? No. However, you cannot fight the idea of being intolerant with guns and bombs, you have to do it with spreading another one. Masonry takes the best of everything around the world and puts it in one place. As Masons we should do our best to spread our ideology, becoming the mortar between each moral and virtue we want to build our society and world with.
Bro. Andre Aladadyan
March was a month of degrees, congratulations to Serge Chebazian and Shadi Karem for advancing in their degrees. The next time you see them, be sure to congratulate them on continuing their Masonic education.
Our Education Nights are continuing at the end of every month under Bro. Boris’ instruction. There is much to be learned in these lessons; your attendance might lead to you obtaining valuable knowledge. At no point in our lives have we learned everything there is to know, but we have a duty to continue building our knowledge throughout our lives.
On the topic of learning, April is Public Schools Month in the state of California. Home Lodge will be honoring three deserving students based on their morals and character at this months Stated Meeting. These students will be rewarded for exemplifying those values which Masons aim to keep in ourselves.
We have several degrees coming up, but I won’t forwardly ask for your attendance. Instead, I ask that you remember your degrees. Remember how many people were in the room, and what that meant to you. Remember how it felt to have brothers there to welcome you into the fraternity. Remember that feeling when you know a degree is approaching.
Fraternally from the South,
Peter G. Vogelsang
WORSHIPFUL ARTIN ALADADYAN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
PETER VOGELSANG, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
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HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2019 are $101.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2018) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2019. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2019 term are: $101.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2019:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,121.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,919.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,717.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,414.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,111.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or email@example.com.
OUR BROTHERS THAT HAVE BE RAISED TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Christopher G. Berberian
Brother Avetis Petoyan
Brother Geronimo Legaspi
Brother Boris Lunares
Brother Anthony Hatchett
Brother Thomas S. Austin
Brother Justin Bruce
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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